From the Introduction
The story of the Visionary Path Tarot began when I arrived in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Andean region of Peru. I didn’t know what was waiting for me here, but as my plane landed in Cusco I felt like I had arrived home -- a feeling I had forgotten over the years of nomadic living.
It was 2012, a year I had always had an interest in ever since I heard about the Mayan Calendar as a girl during my Indiana Jones-Lara Croft dream years. I was finally starting to process the pain of losing my mother. I had found peace with my father’s death, although still hard, but for years my mother’s death had been too painful to even think about. I started to explore the healing plants of this world while I was learning about alternative ways of healing sickness. I became obsessed with the psychedelic experience and how it could have given my mother peace of mind and acceptance of death. Although I had a few beautiful experiences with LSD in previous years, they were largely recreational. Now I felt like I was discovering the missing link. I started to gather magic mushrooms, which grew all around this region, during the most pagan time of year. I also started to journey with magical truffles, alone in a dark room. I had some of the most profound experiences of my life. My intention wasn’t recreational anymore, but healing, magical, and therapeutic. This felt so archaic, like I was following the shamanic path of the ancients, remembering the plants and fungi, remembering the traditions of how humanity experienced mind-alternating states in dark caves long ago. I planned at the end of the year to finally visit Peru, mainly the Amazon rainforest, in search of Ayahuasca. I thought I was seeking something, but in truth it was seeking me.
And then there I was; it all felt effortless, like some Force was bringing me to the jungle. I was scared, about to drink, and my ego wanted to run away. However my heart wanted to stay. The first time I stayed for five weeks in the jungle, drinking Ayahusca and Huachuma. It was not easy at first to let go, to get over myself. Once I did, the magical transformation began. Spirit doctors healed my heart; I felt the love for all things inside, emanating from my being like a light. I had a vision of the divine, a spinning disco ball in the highest reaches of the cosmic attic. It projected holographic material into the darkness of matter, and it was into this projector that everything returned. I shape shifted into a large cat and felt a freedom unknown to human comprehension. A divine comedy, the system, the slavery of the machine I grew up in, I laughed it off, became free, and returned to my heart. It was my heart, the navigation device; the heart came first, the mind second. It felt wonderful to remember something so important. In the nights of visionary experience, seeing music, hearing color, I remembered my ultimate truth: I was an artist . . . how did I ever forget?
After all this magic I tried to go back--back to the Western world. I couldn’t stay. As the reality set in that I was an artist, I decided to stop cleaning people’s holiday messes in hotels. I stopped giving my energy to a system that didn’t serve me, and I knew I had to return to the land that freed me. I still had something to complete there.
As I arrived in the Sacred Valley of Peru I knew I had a task, a magic initiation to fulfill . . . the Tarot. Channeled from high up in the Andes, this is my gift to you, to help you remember that your dreams are just as real as mine. We can all dwell in the heart and manifest the life we dreamed of as a child. We are all free. I didn’t know anyone as I started this creation, and now as I write this I sit next to my beautiful family as a loving partner and mother.
My wish is for this Tarot deck to assist you on your path of discovering your true purpose. I hope it can bring you peace and inspiration and help shed some insights and clues for you and for the person who is being read.
From “Tarot Spreads”
It is my wish that your intuition should guide you to find which spread works for you. I personally like to use Tarot and other divination cards by picking one in the morning and diving deep into what the card’s meaning is reflecting in my current life situation. Sometimes I also like to draw a card before a ceremony or a hike into Nature and see what the journey has in store on a spiritual level.
The Three-Card Spread
This is a very popular traditional Tarot spread and is quite efficient at getting answers fast. It is unique in that there is not one fixed goal to be understood and is perfect for questions and is read by understanding the context of the first card, the focus of the second, and the outcome of the third. For example:
1. Past, Present, Future
2. Mind, Body, Spirit
3. You, Your Family, Your Relationships
The Five-Card Spread
The five-card spread is a deeper journey into the Tarot and can offer up more information on the problem or question.
In this spread the cards form a cross. The card in the center represents the current situation, the card on the right is about future outcomes, and the card on the left shows us the past that is still influencing the present. The bottom card represents the reasons behind current events, and the card on top represents the different outcomes when moving forward.